Study: Young men like eSports more than traditional sports

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson The NFL’s ratings took a hit in its season-opening week, and a new study about the online viewing habits of young men seems to portend a growing gap in the audience for traditional sports.  The survey, conducted by Limelight Networks, shows that men ages 18 to 25 prefer watching eSports to traditional sports or TV shows. … Read More

Dad of the year proves anyone can get into esports

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The youth are into all sorts of things these days, and sometimes it can be difficult for their parents to keep up. This dad put in the effort, though. During the ESL One New York Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament this weekend, dozens of parents descended upon Barclays Center in Brooklyn to experience a live esports event with their kids. But … Read More

Blizzard Entertainment will soon have its own esports arena in L.A.

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Blizzard Entertainment’s esports will get their own home soon: Blizzard Arena Los Angeles, located in Burbank, California. The brand new arena will host a handful of Blizzard’s esports competitions, including the upcoming first season of Overwatch League and the Hearthstone Championship Tour’s Summer Championship. The arena opens its doors Oct. 7 and 8 for the Overwatch Contenders playoffs. Located in … Read More

eSports gamers targeted for device delivering electric shock to enhance brain performance

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Researchers are developing a computer interface to boost your brain’s performance by delivering it an electric shock — and they think eSports gamers will be lining up to get their hands on it. The Perth research group — named HUMM — is developing a “brain computer interface” that makes your mind work both faster and better by delivering a shock … Read More

The biggest Call of Duty tournament shines light on growth of esports

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Esports is becoming a true spectator sport, but will the average Joe one day care about competitive League of Legends or Overwatch or Counter-Strike the way they care about watching football on Sundays? A number of factors are at play for esports to garner the same level of popularity as mainstream sports like football, baseball, basketball and fútbol everywhere but … Read More

Melbourne City sign Australia’s best FIFA esports player ahead of World Cup in London

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Meet Tim Cahill’s newest Melbourne City teammate. Marcus Gomes won’t set foot on a soccer pitch but will instead represent the A-League club at a different kind of World Cup. A world Cup for video gamers.  City has joined the growing list of Australian sporting organisations to enter the esports industry by signing Gomes, a Melbourne-based FIFA esports player.  Gamer Marcus Gomes (left) with … Read More